Ma be tso buai!
In Bribri, the word for story is siwa’. Siwa' is synonymous with story, history, knowledge and wind because our people's stories carry through the generations of past, present, and future.
I love that I get to be a storyteller and continue the tradition. In practice, sometimes this means I'm working on my novels, a poem, or meeting with my mentor while I learn my Indigenous language and co-translate Bribri stories!
I liked to write even as a kiddo!
that's me & my dad
this is me & my dad
I often dress like them all at once–colorful scarves, trousers, and black turtlenecks.
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Picasso are artists I love.
I draw pictures of poems, shapes, and arcs while I’m planning a story.
I’m an amateur painter
My husband is one of my favorite people.
He is a musician and and teacher as well. He shows me cool music, and sometimes he even composes me songs! He's currently jazzing it out on the piano.